Men's Boots Style Guide - Helm

How to Style: Mens Boots Outfit Ideas for Spring

We’re big believers in wearing boots year round. At HELM, our goal has always been to handcraft timeless footwear, styles that remain ready to wear, year after year, without losing appeal.

Fall is widely regarded as “boot season,” but we’re of the mind HELM boots are seasonless. You’ll catch us BBQ-ing outdoors in a pair of Lou’s even in a Texas July. Today, we’re sharing a few inspiration points for how to style mens casual boots for Spring and Summer. Keep reading for the best mens boot outfit ideas to wear now...


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Types of Men's Boots:

Moto and Chelsea

A moto or chelsea boot is a classic slip-on boot, with a low profile. The Pablo is our modern take on this style of casual mens boot style. Sleek, minimalist and transitional, we designed this zip up boot to be laid back and effortlessly refined.

Think of it as an elevated moto boot with the ease and comfort of a traditional chelsea. This spring we’re styling The Pablo with everything from jeans and a tee shirt to a suit and tie. The beauty of a chelsea boot is its among the most versatile casual mens boot styles.

Sneaker Boots

Warm weather means more opportunity for outdoor activities. If you’re spending more time in the elements or walking extra miles outside, you’ll want the most comfortable boot styles for travel.

The Lou and The Charlie are both outfitted with high cushion soles, in addition to offering higher ankle support than a low top, dress shoe or sneaker. HELM leather sneaker boots are constructed with longevity in mind. If you’re looking for footwear that only gets better with age, a high quality sneaker boot is worth the investment.

It goes without saying these casual boot styles look great with denim. Adding a sports coat or polished accessories makes them accessible for more professional or formal occasions.

Chukka and Ankle Boots

Low profile ankle boots style as easily as traditional dress shoes. The HELM desert boot, The Declan, is one of the easiest boot styles to dress up with a suit.

Originally designed for military use in the desert, desert and chukka boot styles feature minimal eyelets for easy lacing and shorter profiles for increased comfort in the heat.

A casual suede Chukka boot is lightweight and optimal for Spring and Summer. Our supple Russan suede contours beautifully with zero break-in, so your boots will fit comfortably right out of the box.

Cowboy Boots

Spend enough time in Texas, and you’ll find yourself in receipt of an invite to a black tie and boots affair. We’re based in Austin. We’ll never look sideways at a dressed up Western boot. Cowboy boots are a confident choice. If you’re dressing them up, you have to fully commit. We recommend a good polish or investing in high sheen or exotic leather designs.

Lace Up Boots

From mini-lug soles to cap toe profiles, men’s leather boot styles offer a range of options. The three most popular lace up boot styles for spring in our lineup are The Zind, The Hollis and The Muller.

The Zind is an edited staple piece that can be dressed up or dressed down. It’s a boot that looks equally at home in jeans or a suit.

The Muller and The Hollis are both capped toe boots. The Muller is an Americana profile with a round toe shape and leather sole. The Hollis features a tapered toe shape and sturdy mini-lug outsole. We’re especially loving teak and olive toned leathers this season. 

Keep reading to discover our favorite men’s boots outfits and spring style tips...

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Your Style With Boots: Outfit Ideas For Spring

Whether you’re dressing up for a special occasion, heading to cocktail hour, or taking a business meeting, beautiful footwear builds confidence from the ground up.

This season, we’re all about comfort, sustainability and getting the most out of our cost per wear. Men’s boot style is an investment that continues to pay off for years to come. Our top mens boot style looks for spring pair timeless design with edited essentials.

Smart Casual Outfit One: The Desert Boot

Slim cut and straight leg jeans pair effortlessly with a desert or chukka boot. Go monochromatic by mixing textured neutrals with a tan suede Declan boot, from army greens to khaki and tonal greys. Pair leather chukka boots with a smart button up french tucked into slacks. This look will get you from the office happy hour to an evening out with friends, or even a special occasion.

Smart Casual Outfit Two: The Sneaker Boot

The trick to dressing up sneakers is mostly to keep them looking new. When you invest in a handcrafted, high quality leather sneaker boot, most of your work is done for you.

The hardware of the Charlie elevates the design and lends a dose of personality. Match your accessories and belt to the same patina of your sneakers, pair with a sport coat and crisp tee and you’ll look sporting yet intentional. For more tips on how to style sneakers, check out or blog series #offthecourt with Nick Monroe.

Semi-Formal Outfit One: The Chelsea

We love The Pablo boot paired with suits. Dressing up mens chelsea style boots is all about tailoring. If you’re hoping to pair a chelsea with a suit or trousers, be mindful of your inseam hem. Make sure the bottom hem of your trousers hits in line with the natural slope of the boot vamp. Mirror the minimalist tailoring of the zip up design by selecting a slim or straight leg pant.

Add intentional details by matching leather accessories with your boots. Thin belts with shinier hardware tend to read more formal than burnished metal or thick leather designs.

Semi-Formal Outfit 2: The Laceup Boot

Anytime we’re asked what boot style is the easiest to dress up, we always start with teak. With its rich bourbon hue and waxed patina, our Teak Balthazar leather styles like the Zind and the Hollis are easy to dress up or down. We love these boots for travel simply because they go with any outfit in your suitcase. If you’re going for handsome and rugged appeal, opt for a capped toe dress boot. The Hollis features a tapered dress shoe profile that adds a smart casual refinement to the practical mini-lug profile. The Zind, with its streamlined, no frills aesthetic, is understated and classic. In Olive and Teak, the style pairs beautifully with pastels, light wash denim, or a sport coat. Add a pair of dress socks and thin laces to make the look even more polished.

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